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Full text of "Knight Letter No. 42"

THE LEWIS CARROLL SOCIETY 




ht Letter 



OF NORTH AMERICA 



NUMBER 42 SUMMER 1992 



Have We Finally Found the Cheshire Cat ? 




Croft Carving Smiles Sagaciously 



hy Joel Birenbaum 



Though it seems to defy photographing. 

The Croft Cat is smiling, as the lines 

indicate. 



Full Slate Planned 
for Fall Meeting 

A child star, a controversial "histo- 
rian," and a young illustrator will be 
among the featured speakers at the Fall 
1 992 meeting to be held October 1 7 at the 
Gleeson Rare Book Room of the Univer- 
sity of San Francisco. A month-long 
Lewis Carroll exhibit is planned by the 
Rare Book Room and will be available 
for viewing during the meeting. 

Rebecca White, a young actress who 
played Alice and other roles in George 
Coates' 1989 Carroll-based musical 
drama Right Mind plans to bring slides 
and drawings and to recreate some of her 
speeches for the assembled Carrollians. 
Right Mind opened to rave reviews but 
was forced to close after only a few 
performances due to damage to its the- 
atre by the 1 989 earthquake. 

David Rosenbaum, of the Continen- 
(continued on page 2) 



Found: One cat. Well, the head ofone cat, but it seems OK because it's smiling. Will 
the owner please contact Joel Birenbaum immediately, as there seems to be a great 
deal of outside interest in said cat. 

On a recent vacation trip to the UK, I decided to go on the Lewis CaiToll Society's 
summer outing. The site of the outing was Croft-on-Tees, a small town near the 
Scottish border, where Lewis Carroll had lived as a boy. The occasion was the 1 3()th 
anniversary of the fateful rowboat trip on the Thames which led to the tale of Alice 
in Wonderland. In true Canollian fashion the trip transformed me from ordinary Joel 
Birenbaum to World Famous Joel Birenbaum. As far as I remember I didn't eat any 
mushrooms. 

It was the morning of July Fourth (not a holiday in Great Britain) and a group of 
27 LCS members was touring St. Peter's Church, where Lewis Carroll's father had 
been rector. I strayed from the group to scan the church for something of interest. I 
came to Croft with no great expectations (I stayed in the Charles Dickens room at the 
hotel) other than spending time with fellow Carrollians and making new friends. I 
noticed some carvings on the east wall of the chancel. They interested me because 
they seemed very old and rather pagan to be in a church. In fact, these stone carvings 
appeared more likely to be on an external wall than an internal wall, so I took a closer 
look. The carvings formed a large frame around what I later found out was a set of 
three stone ledge seats. The right vertical side of the frame was composed of a 
standing man a few inches above the head of a cat. The cat's head was floating in air 
about three feet above the floor. 

I said "Look, it's the Cheshire Cat." Now this is not terribly unusual. Everytime 
I see a cat, I say that and my son says, "No dad, that's a cat, maybe it's smiling, but 

it's not the Cheshire Cat." The same 
type of banter occurs when I see a white 
rabbit. At any rate, a couple of people 
came over and took some photographs. I 
went over to the cat and got down on one 
knee to take a closer look. To my sur- 
prise what did I find under the cat's 
apparent chin, but an ear to ear grin. This 
WAS the Cheshire Cat. I showed Ed- 
ward Wakeling, and he confirmed that 
the cat was grinning and could very well 
be the inspiration for Carroll's mystical 
feline. I don't even know if we told all 
the members of our group about the find. 
It was interesting, but that was that. It 
was on to the rest of our tour of Croft. 

Later that day a reporter from the 

Northern Echo, a local area newspaper, 

(continued on page 2) 




Editorial — 

A Modest Proposal 



A few weeks ago a friend of mine 
placed her tongue firmly in her cheek 
and wrote a letter to the editor com- 
plaining that PiiUHchio was an affront 
to family values, espousing as it did 
single parenthood. It was an amusing 
response to the Murphy Brown de- 
bacle, but the problem was nobody got 
it. The paper was deluged with letters 
defending Gepetto and his lifestyle 
until the local film critic finally pointed 
out that the original letter had been a 
joke. 1 mention this episode because it 
serves to point out the difficulty of 
writing good satire. One must cross 
the line of the believable, but, as Swift 
and Pope could tell you, just barely. 

I trust that our members will be 
able to tell which portions of this 42nd 
Knii>ht Letter are satirical and which 
are serious. Looking over my shelves 
of reference books which try to pick 
apart Carroll's famous works in vari- 
ous ways, I realize that, in spite of the 
lunacy of certain pieces in this issue, 
we have not crossed very far over the 
line of what has been written in all 
seriousness. In fact, it was not easy to 
come up with material more ludicrous 
than some serious pieces have been. I 
can cite works which claim that Alice 
was written by Mark Twain, that it is a 
coded history of Carroll's Judeo-Rus- 
sian heritage, or that it was the secret 
diary of Queen Victoria. The authors 
who make such claims take themselves 
quite seriously, but, as anyone knows, 
those who take themselves too seri- 
ously are rarely taken seriously by 
others. 

I like to think that we Carroilians 
are not only able but willing to laugh at 
ourselves on occassion, and so, in this 
issue which bears Mr. Dodgson's fa- 
vorite number, we turn the sword of 
parody, which he weilded so well, to- 
wards ourselves. 

Enjoy our little joke, and remem- 
ber that even a man as serious as the 
Oxford mathematician Rev. Dodgson 
knew how to have fun. He even tricked 
us in to believing in the mystical pow- 
ers of 42. 



Cheshire {continued from pa^ie 1} 
was sent to cover the outing, no doubt 
for a filler article. He interviewed any- 
one that would talk to him looking for 
some angle for the article. I mentioned 
the cat, my passion for collecting illus- 
trated Alices, and my Alice database 
project. He asked a couple of follow-up 
questions about the cat. Then he asked 
Edward the same questions. We both 
agreed that there was no way to say 
conclusively that this was the basis for 
the Cheshire Cat, but it was a plausible 
theory. On the way home, Edward said 
"Maybe a national newspaper will pick 
the story up for a Sunday human inter- 
est article and you'll be famous." We 
both thought he was kidding. 

The next day we got two or three 
more calls from the reporter. His editor 
had decided that this was a story of 
great importance and should be a page 
one article. As we were talking it 
occured to me that if you were at eye 
level with the lower edge of the stone 
carving (as a young boy might be) and 
approached the wall the image of the 
cat's face would get shorter and shorter 
and when you reached the wall and 



looked up, all you would see would be 
the grin. This fact made it all the more 
likely that the Croft cat was indeed 
Carroll's inspiration. 

Still, page one of the Northern Echo 
does not make one famous. The next 
day I returned to the US figuring I 
would get a copy of the article in a week 
or two. Three days later I received a 
call from a friend telling me to run out 
and get a copy of USA Today. A short 
article on the discovery was on the first 
page of section D in the "Lifeline" 
column. Later that day someone found 
a copy of the UPI London article as it 
appeared on the wire and posted it on 
AT&T's electronic news. We were off 
to the races. A reporter from the Chi- 
cago Tribune came out to interview me 
at home. Monday, July 1 3, 1 was on the 
front page of the Tribune with a picture 
on page 3. By this time I was getting 
calls from everyone. I checked with 
Edward and he was getting even more 
attention in England. It just goes to 
show you, if you're going to discover 
something, it pays to have an interested 
reporter nearby. You would think they 
never saw a cat before. 



Meeting (continued from poi^e I ) 
tal Historical Society will present his 
views supporting the theory that Queen 
Victoria was the secret author of Alice's 
Adventures in Wonderland. A lively 
discussion is expected and rebuttal is 
invited. [This may be an appropriate 
place to mention that the views ex- 
pressed by invited speakers at LCSNA 
meetings are for the education and en- 
tertainment of our members, but are in 
no way endorsed by the Society, its 



officers, or its membership]. 

Two members of our own Society 
will also make presentations at the 
meeting. Jonathan Dixon, illustrator of 
the Society's recently published edi- 
tion of The Hunting of the Snark, will 
discuss the many allusions in his illus- 
trations, and prominent West Coast 
member Mark Burstein will give a sur- 
prise presentation. 

We all look forward to our return to 
the Coast and an exciting meeting! 



Election to Be Held 



It's election time once again in the 
LCSNA and the officers for 1992-94 
will be elected at the Fall meeting in 
San Francisco. Janet Jurist, nomina- 
tions chair, reports that the current 
slate of officers, who have served one 
two-year term together, will be nomi- 
nated for reelection to another term. 
That slate is: Charles Lovett, Presi- 
dent; Alan Tannenbaum, Vice-Presi- 



dent; Fran Abeles, Treasurer; Maxine 
Schaefer, Secretary. There is a recent 
precedent for the chief officers serv- 
ing two terms before stepping down. 
Anyone wishing to place other names 
in nomination or in running for any of 
these offices (either now or in the 
1994 election) should contact Janet 
Jurist (510 East 86th St., New York, 
NY, 10028). 




Boojum! 

Exclusive Photos! 




Dean of Christ Church Seen 
on Long Island Expresswayl 

Baker Heirs Sue 
Bellman 

Heirs to a Baker who was lost 
on a Snark hunt filed a lawsuit on 
Tuesday against the Bellman who 
led the hunt. Ironically, the plain- 
tiffs are being represented by the 
same barrister who accompanied 
the Baker on the fateful voyage. 
In a statement released after the 
return of the Bellman's ship, a 
spokesman said that the Baker 
had been the victim of exposure to 
a Boojum which had aggravated a 
previously existing condition. 

The suit claims that the Bellman 
was negligent in failing to warn 
members of his crew of the danger 
ofBoojums. The Bellman claimed, 
in a statement released through 
his own barrister, that he had no 
knowledge of any condition in any 
crew member which would render 
Boojums hazardous, but the suit 
against him claims that the 
Bellman's ignorance of Hebrew, 
Dutch, German, and Greek led to 
the Baker's being put at risk. 

A legal analyst for Snark 
Hunters Monthly said that the case 
will probably come down to an in- 
terpretation of rule number 43 of 
the Naval Code which spells out 
language skills required of 
Bellmen. 



Woii«lei*lsiiid Real ! 

Scientist Presents Evidence 

Archeologists working in the Oxfordshire countryside recently un- 
covered several artifacts thought to originate in Wonderland. Professor 
Goodrich Selwynacre, leader of the team, displayed several items at a 
recent news conference near Godstow and explained the significance of 
the find. 

"For the first time we have conclusive proof that Alice's Adventures in 
Wonderland was not written by Queen Victoria as was previously 
supposed," said Dr. Selwynacre. "These relics indicate beyond any doubt 
that Wonderland was a real place and that the story of Alice's visit there 
was a documentary recording of a real visit." 

Dr. Selwynacre went on to explain that some of the uncovered items 
reveal inaccuracies in the text and pictures of Alice. A petrified hatband 
with the remnants of a label indicates that the hatter was sporting a hat 
costing 11/4 when Alice met him at the March Hare's home. 

Also displayed for the press was a paint can containing fossilized 
white paint — evidence that the Queen's gardeners were actually paint- 
ing red roses white rather than the other way around. Dr. Selwynacre 
presented linguistic evidence which seems to suggest that this latter 
mistake stems from a mistranslation of the Wonderland word "white" 
which actually means "red." 

Found among the remnants of playing cards, broken dishes, and tea 
cups were also three chess pieces — evidence that there may have been 
more commerce between Wonderland and Looking-Glass Land than 
previously thought. 

$12K Thimble! 

Sotheby's of London recently 
auctioned a number of historic rel- 
ics, including the thimble, which 
was presented to Alice by the Dodo 
following her participation in the 
Caucus Race in Wonderland. Bid- 
ding was spirited, with collectors 
phoning in bids from as far away 
as North Carolina, Cleveland, 
Toronto, and even San Francisco. 
The winner was British collector 
Ted Wakeupcall whose bid of £6200 
(nearly $12,000) more than doubled 
the pre-sale estimate of £2000- 
£3000. That must be some thimble! 




Contents 



Features: 



Boojum Photos— page 6 

"Mad" Gardener Released 
from Asylum— page 24 

RSPCA Protests Croquet 
Match — page 7 

Departments: 

Sports: Croquet Castles 
Results— page 6 

Art: Hiawatha on 
Photography— page 7 

Fashion: Fall Waistcoats 
for Rabbits — page 42 



The Carrollian Enquirer is published 
every 42 years by the Lewis Carroll 
Society of North America. Subscrip- 
tions are $42 annually. Subscriptions 
and editorial correspondence should 
be addressed to: Editor, 42 W. 67th St., 
Tolu, KY, 42084. 



Lietters to tlmo Eilitoir 



Woman Saved by 
CarrolFs Advice 

A woman who had recently 
readCarroWs Eight or Nine Wise 
Words About Letter Writing re- 
attached her own hand after it 
was severed by a freight train, 
and she did it using some of 
Carroll's "Wise" advice. In his 
famous pamphlet, Carroll sug- 
gests using stamp-edging as a 
sticking plaster for cut fingers. 
Mrs. J. B. Yokum, of Kalumet, 
111., used an entire sheet of 29^ 
stamps to re-attach her severed 
hand. Doctors say that Carroll's 
advice saved not only her hand, 
but probably her life. 



Alien Alice 

Dear Sir: 

Like the rest of the world, we at 
AWABSA watched with great in- 
terest as Dr. Goodrich Selwynacre 
presented the Wonderland arti- 
facts he found in Oxfordshire to 
the press last week. Unfortunately, 
Dr. Selwynacre failed to point out 
that these artifacts prove beyond a 
shadow of a doubt what our orga- 
nization has maintained for years, 
namely that Alice was abducted by 
space aliens and that "Wonder- 
land" is, in reality, located on a 
distant planet. Surely these arti- 
facts fell to the earth when Alice 
was returned by the aliens. A 
careful analysis of the text shows 
that A//ces Adventures is in fact a 
journal ofAlice's space voyage. The 
perception that is was otherwise 
stems from the mistranslation, in 
Chapter One, of the Wonderland 
word "down," which, as Dr. Sel- 
wynacre could doubtless tell us, 
means "up." 

Dr. Whitelow Straber 
Director AWABSA 

Editor's note: AWABSA is the well- 
known organization founded in 1967, 
Alice Was Abducted By Space Aliens. 



Irresponsible Reporting 

Dear Editor: 

Considering the fine reputation of 
your publication and the usual 
dependability of your reporting, I 
was shocked to see that you pub- 
lished the ridiculous assertions 
made by Charles Love in his ar- 
ticle "Alice's Adventures in Won- 
derland — A Book for Children." 
Love's claim that Alice is a book 
written for children by Oxford Don 
Charles Dodgson is ludicrous! Just 
because there is still a healthy 
debate as to whether Queen 
Victoria or Mark Twain wrote A//ce ; 



just because we are still not sure if 
the book is a secret history of So- 
viet Judaism, The Church of En- 
gland, or Oxford Politics; just be- 
cause sexual, psychological, and 
narcotic interpretations of the book 
occasionally conflict — there is no 
reason to publish such rubbish as 
Love's assertion. To suggest that 
Alice was written for children is 
akin to suggesting that Hamlet 
was written by William Shake- 
speare, when any self-respecting 
scholar knows it was written by 
Christopher Marlowe! 
Francine Bacon 
Oxford University 



Shakespeare & Alice 

Dear Sir: 

Your article "Did Shakespeare 
Write Alice" which appeared in 
issue 24, was illuminating. While 
I agree with your evidence and 
conclusions, I would also like to 
add a note about my own research 
into this literary link. Not only did 
William Shakespeare write Alice, 
but an obscure Oxford Don named 
Charles Dodgson, to whom Alice 
was once attributed, actually wrote 
Hamlet, which was at one time 
thought to be a work of Shake- 
speare. A curious coincidence. 
Harry March 
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Forty-Two, Again 

To the Editor: 

The first edition of Alice has 192 
pages. The sum of those digits is 
12; add the first two digits and get 
10, divide the sum of the first and 
third digits into the second digit to 
yield 3; multiply those two answers 
to get 30 which, added to our origi- 
nal 12, makes 42. 
Madame Lorina 
Palm Reader & Psychic 



lip 






CarroUian 

Notes 



Life, the 

Universe, & 42 

In Douglas Adams" Hitchhiker' sGuide 
to the Galaxy, 42 is the answer to the 
ultimate question of hfe, the universe, 
and everything. I asked Adams when I 
met him last year if there was any 
connection between his use of the num- 
ber 42 in his book and Carroll's use of 
it. He denied it out of hand, glaring at 
me testily as if he was about to shake 
like a wet rat. Yes, he/?a^readCanoll 
when he was but a child, but it had no 
influence on his own writing above any 
other books he devoured. 

—Michael D.Welch 

Whence Cometh 
Forty-Two? 

Recently, David Schaefer put forward 
the theory that the number 42 stems 
from Wonderland, and that no examples 
have been found before 1865. This set 
me thinking. True enough, all the ex- 
amples I have cited in previous articles 
are in Wonderland or post-date this 
publication. The production of Won- 
derland was a milestone in Carroll's 
life representing the turning point of 
his creative talents. From this moment 
on he became an international celeb- 
rity. But the number 42 was evidently 
already in his mind as he compo.sed the 
book. He planned 42 illustrations be- 
fore the book was complete, and gradu- 
ally wove the number into scenes as the 
book took shape. Is it possible that the 
significance had already entered his 
mind before Wonderland? It is easy to 
contrive examples such as the fact that 
Carroll uses the letter 'a' exactly 42 
times in his early poem "Brother and 
Sister" in Useful and Instructive Po- 
etry. The nearest I can get to a real 
example is in "The Walking Stick of 



Destiny" from the Rectory Um- 
brella {c'lrcd 1850-3). Chapter two 
contains a magician who is prepar- 
ing a special charm which requires 
one thousand different ingredients; 

he wearily sighs, "... there are 

only a hundred and sixty-eight in- 
gredients more to put in." It is easy to 
spot that this is exactly four times our 
number. On a recent trip to Croft-on- 
Tees, the present owner of the Old 
Rectory pointed out to me that 1842 
was Carroll's last complete year at 
Daresbury, the place of his birth, before 
the family moved away from Cheshire. 
While we are considering his birth, the 
numerals of his birthdate, 1/27/1832, 
sum to 24 which is a mirror image of 42. 
Alternatively, if you take the date of his 
birth, the 27th, and add the rest of the 
numerals, you get 42 (27+ 1 -i- 1 +8+3-1-2). 
This was pointed out to me by Alan 
Holland. 

— Edward Wakelini^ 

Four^ or Forty- 
Two? 

A curious item for the 42nd issue of the 
KL is an entry on page 240 of The 
Diaries. It reads "Discovered a process 
for evaluating Arithmetical Determi- 
nants, by a sort of condensation: and 
proved it up to 42 terms." The year was 



1 866 and Dodgson was hard at work on 
An Elementary Treatise on Determi- 
nants, pubWshcd'm 1867. The original 
diary entry has 4- (i.e., 16), not 42 
terms! A typo? Perhaps, but the mys- 
terious regularity with which 42 ap- 
peared in Dodgson 's work somehow 
may have been etched in Green's mind. 
— Eran Aheles 

Not to Mention . . . 

The Gutenberg Bible has 42 lines per 
page and is often called the Forty-Two 
Line Bible. . . Alice Liddell'sown copy 
of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 
presented to her by Lewis Carroll, re- 
sides in the fabulous Berg collection of 
the New York Public Library at 5th 
Avenue and 42nd Street ... In Robertson 
Davies' 1985 novel What's Bred In the 
Bone, a character sings "an Oxford 
student song to the tune of the Austrian 
national anthem of an earlier and hap- 
pier time 'Gott erhalte Eranz den Kai- 
ser.'" Most of the verse is best not 
quoted here, but the final line, referring 
to a controversial operation's being 
performed on the housemaid, is "For 
the forty-second time." . . . Finally, the 
combined ages of the Lewis Carroll 
Society, UK, and the Lewis Carroll 
Society of North America is 41 years 
Close! 



Despite the fact that it is r> T D T T O r^ D A P W P D ' ^ r 
wholly indespensible to D 1 D L 1 V^ VJ rVTV 1 11 C tV J V^ 

Carroll collectors. The ^^ 



Lewis Carroll Handbook has quite a few errors, oversights, and ^^ 
contradictions in its various editions. One which has always bothered D 
me was repeated in my own book Lewis Carroll' s Alice, and I am 
indebted to Bea Sidaway for setting me straight. Item number 48 in the [\| 
1979 edition of the Handbook is the Merrymans Monthly piracy of 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Handbook states that "No l 
copy of Merryman' s Monthly for Dec. 1 866 and Jan. 1 867 has so far p. 
been located for description." The date of Dec. 1866 for the first Iv 
installment of the piracy was apparently derived from a letter from Carroll to 
Macmillan in Jan. 1 867 in which he mentions receiving the December issue of 
the American magazine in which his story was pirated. Both Dodgson and his 
bibliographers are mistaken, however. There is at least one extant copy of this 
piracy, and it resides in the superb Houghton collection at the Pierpont Morgan 
Library in New York. An examination of a microfilm of this copy by Ms. 
Sidaway revealed that the piracy was in fact published in the January 1 867 and 
February 1 867 issues. This fact was confirmed by Mr. George Fletcher of the 
Pierpont Morgan who checked the original issues. Observant bibliophiles will 
note the significance of the date 1 867 — six times seven is, naturally, forty-two. 



(Mm Oof^ rof^^ 



Jane Breskin Zalben's illustrated edition 
of Jabberwocky has been reprinted by 
Boyds Mills Press (91 Church St.. 
Honesdale, PA, 18431). Price: $14.95. 




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Mollie Hardwick's mystery novel 77?^' 
Bandersnatch takes not only its title 
from Lewis Carroll. The book is riddled 
with allusions to Carroll's works (even 
Sylvie and Bruno is cited), and whenever 
the characters find themselves in distress 
they quote Carroll or lecture one another 
about the details of his life. Uncommon 
to find the Common Room mentioned in 
a popular mystery. (New York, St. 
Martin's Press, 1989. Recently 
sighted on remainder tables). 

Notice is being taken of new books 
on Carroll outside the KL. Look- 
ing-Glass Letters was reviewed in 
the June 28 New York Times Book 
Review, and Rodney Engen's biog- 
raphy of John Tenniel was reviewed 
by LCSNA member Michael 
Patrick Hearn in the April 12 edi- 
tion of Book World as well as in the 
May 24 Los Angeles Times. The latter 
also reviewed The Annotated Alice a 
mere 32 years after its publication! 

The Houston Ballet premiered Ben 
Sevenson's new version of Joseph 
Horovitz's Alice in Wonderland ballet 
on May 28 to favorable reviews. 

David Byrne, leader ofthe Talking Heads, 
in an interview by Timothy Leary, said "I 
had a math teacher in high school who 
included Lewis Carroll and A//re/n Won- 
derland in his higher mathematics stud- 
ies. I thought 'This guy knows what he's 
doing'." 



The George R. Gardiner Museum of 
Ceramic Art in Toronto is hosting an 
exhibit titled "Of Cabbages and Kings" 
from March 24 through August 16. The 
exhibition of 18th century European 
dishes in the shape of foodstuffs is unre- 
lated to Carroll outside its tide. 

Tom Meyer's cartoon in the San Fran- 
cisco Chronicle (reprinted in the New 
York Times July 19) showed Ross Perot 
as the disappearing Cheshire Cat. 



"Beautifully written and presenting a very 
accurate and balanced picture of Lewis 
Carroll, his logical humor, and espe- 
cially his technical writings about logic," 
is how Martin Gardner describes Lewis 
Carroll: Logic and Literature, an under- 
graduate honors thesis by Karen Sasveld. 
Ms. Sasveld's thesis was submitted to 
both the English and Mathematics de- 
partments of Butler University, a fact 
which would certainly please Carroll. 




The Magic Planter (The Cannery, 2801 
Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA) 
offers five Alice in Wonderland cement 
garden statues (Alice, the White Rabbit, 
the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, and the 
Cheshire Cat). Priced from $80 to $95. 

Andrew Sellon, a student pursuing his 
Master's degree in acting at the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is 
writing and will star in a one-man show 
based on the life of Lewis Cairoll. The 
show will probably be presented in De- 
cember, but perhaps we can persuade 
Andrew to regale us at a future meeting. 



James Hamilton's biography of Arthur 
Rackham (originally $45, but on sale for 
$9.98 from Daedalus Books, P.O. 
Box 9 1 32, Hyattsville, MD, 2078 1 ) 
includes a number of interesting 
facts about Rackham 's Alice. The 
dress on Alice, for instance, was 
copied exactly from the one his 
model, Doris Jane Dommett, was 
wearing and had designed herself. 
Despite the controversy surround- 
ing Rackham' s reillustration of a 
classic considered the exclusive 
property of Tenniel (or perhaps be- 
cause ofthe controversy), the book 
sold 14,322 copies in only six months. 

Alan Holland writes to invite members 
of the LCSNA to join the Dodo Club, a 
LC club for children which also wel- 
comes adult members. The Dodo Club 
News is well worth the cost of subscrip- 
tion if only for its wonderful original 
cover art by Brian Partridge. Member- 
ships for overseas applicants are £1 2 per 
year. With the funds raised helping to 
sponsor events for young Carroll enthu- 
siasts, that sounds like money well spent. 
For more information or to join contact 
Alan Holland, 89 Ffordd Pentre, Mold, 
Clwyd, CH 7 1 UY, United Kingdom. 



For assistance in preparing this issue we would like to thank: Fran Abeles, Joel Birenbaum. Joe Brabant, Sandor Burstein, George 
Fletcher, Martin Gardner, Alan Holland, Janet Jurist, Jon Lindseth, Stephanie Lovett, Lucille Posner, David & Maxine Schaefer, 
Andrew Sellon, Bea Sidaway, Edward Wakeling, and Michael Welch. 

Knight Letter is the official newsletter of the Lewis Canoll Society of North America. It is published quarterly and is distributed 
free to all members. Subscriptions, business correspondence, and inquiries should be addressed to the Secretary, LCSNA, 617 
Rockford Road, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902. Annual membership dues are $20 (regular) & $50 (sustaining). Submissions and 
editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor, Charies C. Lovett, 1092 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101.